Directors: Lauren Annicelli, Jessica Chace, Tom Chace & David Kane
Wave 1: July 21-29
Wave 2:August 4-12
PLAY SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED. Thank you to all the playwrights who submitted their work for consideration in our summer festival. Plays are being reviewed and only playwrights whose plays were selected will be contacted. Selected plays will also be posted here. Results announced end of May/early June. Thank you!
READY TO JOIN THE FUN? Contact Jessica Chace at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering backstage or front of house. We are always seeking capable and enthusiastic artists who want to help with tech (lights/sound), props, costumes, stage management, music, and more. Celebrate the summer with us!
July 21st - August 12th Wave 1 July 21-29 | Wave 2 Aug 4-12
Fridays at 7pm
Saturdays at 3pm & 7pm
Original and new one act plays of all genres presented in two 2-week "Waves". A refreshing collection that offers something for everyone! *(PG-13) Advance Tickets $15 $20 at door Theatre 82 & Café | 82 Rolfe Square
Since 2006, Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival (OAPF) for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. Casts feature community actors ranging in sex, age, and experience levels.
This year marks the 12th annual year and aims to showcase new playwrights mixed in with patron favorites, highlighting the best short plays that were submitted for review. Let the summer fun begin!
We had a blast last summer! Thanks to all all our talented playwrights, actors, crew members, sponsors, volunteers, and patrons.
Reminisce the 2016 line-ups...
WAVE I: July 22nd - 30th
A Dog Dreams, by Jeffrey Fischer-Smith Mark visits his wife Allie for one last time.
Alexander the Great, by James C. Ferguson How much territory does one man really need to conquer, anyway?
Clean Routine, by John C. Davenport & Jaryl Draper A peculiar society's efforts to recruit a new member aren't flush with success.
Funeral Crashers, by Andy Accioli Two elderly ladies have made a career of attending funerals every day of people they don’t know.
Salt in the Wound, by Mark Harvey Levine Most people think superstitions aren't true. Most people.
Schrodinger’s Roulette, by Jody McColman Two sisters, forced to confront the consequences of their actions, are faced with an impossible choice.
The McGillicutty's, by Emily Norklun First day on the job and a rough morning. Will the day get better?
The Suicide Coaster, by Bridgette Dutta Portman No one would ride a roller coaster designed to kill its passengers. Or would they?
WAVE II: August 5th - 13th
Auld Lang Syne, by Dan Borengasser A woman and two men attend their high school reunion and discover that, apparently, some auld acquaintance can't be forgot.
Bridging the Gap, by Wesley Taylor Generational divide between two men reveals truths.
Cabfare for the Common Man, by Mark Harvey Levine A perfectly ordinary man goes on the cab ride of his life. How will he know when he's arrived?
Death By Poinsettia, by Dwayne Yancey A lonely woman tries to kill herself at Christmas by eating a poinsettia, convinced the plant is poisonous. Comedy, and drama, ensue.
Free Beer, by L.H. Grant Freddy has an epiphany. The solution to his dilemma is Free Beer.
It’s Beautiful, by Ann Marley An expressionist exploration of existing with a mental illness.
Pops, by Mark Cornell Siblings decide the fate of their father.
Urban Gardening, by Ivan Faute A weed is just a flower in the wrong place. Kill it. Kill it now.
ANDY ACCIOLI (Warwick, RI) Andy Accioli is a Warwick, RI resident. He has written nine books and ten full length plays. Info: AndyAccioli.com
DAN BORENGASSER (Springsdale, AR) Dan Borengasser, who enjoys speaking of himself in the third person, has written 12 full-length plays and more than 30 one-act plays, most of which have been produced or have received staged readings. His plays have been produced in theaters across the United States, from New York to Los Angeles, as well as in India, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Three plays – A.R@Uni.Gov, The Kindness Of Strangers, and Sense & Insensibility – have been published. Several short screenplays and a feature length film he helped write have been produced as well as three radio plays.
MARK CORNELL (Chapel Hill, NC) Mark Cornell has had more than 60 of his plays produced in theatres around the world, including Sprucehaven B, which recently ran at NYC’s Frigid Festival. His play Two Turtle Doves will premiere this fall at Common Ground Theatre in Durham, NC. He has an MFA in playwriting from UCLA.
JOHN C. DAVENPORT (Seattle, WA) John C. Davenport is happy to be back in the Artists’ Exchange One Act Play Festival. He is a career journalist and former stand-up comic who veered into playwriting, which he usually does while seated. He has had full-length and one-act plays, mostly comedies, produced in 22 states, Canada and Panama. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Seattle Playwrights Circle.
JARYL DRAPER (Seattle, WA) Jaryl Allen Draper is an actor, playwright, and forced vegetarian. He started writing when he attended Central Washington University in 2006. Since then his plays have been produced all over the country. As an actor he has been performing in Seattle Theater scene for the past 5 years.
BRIDGETTE DUTTA PORTMAN (Fremont, CA) Bridgette Dutta Portman’s plays have been read and produced in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the country, and overseas. She is currently president of the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, an associate artist at Wily West Productions, a founding member of Ex Nihilo Theater, and a member of the Pear Writers' Guild. She is pursuing an MFA in writing from Spalding University. Her website is bridgetteduttaportman.com.
IVAN FAUTE (Portsmouth, VA) Ivan Faute's (www.ivanfaute.org) adaptation of Cris Mazza's novella Disability premiered at the Planet Connections Festivity last month in New York. He also participated in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska with his work Elephant: A Comedy. His prose has been published in a variety of journals. He teaches Creative Writing and Literature classes at Christopher Newport University in southeast Virginia.
JAMES C. FERGUSON (Plainville, MA) James C. Ferguson is an award-winning playwright / filmmaker with over 20 years of experience working in the entertainment industry. His plays have been produced throughout the United States and the UK and his well-reviewed independent feature film Happy Holidays("4 stars" - David Cornelius and www.emoviecritic.com, "A - " - Brian Shutle, www.sonic-cinema.com, "Heartfelt and sharply written" - Jen Johans, Film Intuition) is available on DVD through TLA Video and numerous online platforms. For more information on James, his work and his upcoming productions, visit his web site www.scalepluspoints.com or chat with him on Twitter (@scalepluspoints).
JEFFREY FISCHER-SMITH (Tucson, AZ) Jeffrey Fischer-Smith’s plays have been produced throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, Malaysia, and the Philippines. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and The Playwrights’ Center. Fischer-Smith is an MFA candidate at Spalding University. More information about Fischer-Smith can be found at:www.jfischersmith.com and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/jfischersmith.
L.H. GRANT (Davis, CA) L.H. Grant has authored many full-length and one-act plays with productions in numerous venues both in the United States and internationally including New York, London and Vienna. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Grant currently resides in Northern California.
MARK HARVEY LEVINE (Pasadena, CA) Mark Harvey Levine is an award-winning playwright with over 1350 productions of his plays all over the world from New York to Sao Paulo to Seoul to London. “Play By Play”, a full evening of his short plays, was produced by Artists Exchange in 2012. He has appeared in the One Act Play Festival every year since 2010! More info at MarkHarveyLevine.com.
ANN MARLEY (Selinsgrove, PA) Ann Marley graduated from Susquehanna University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She is expecting to earn her Master of Arts in Theatre from Villanova University in 2018, where she works as a Public Relations Assistant. She is a dramatruge, director, and playwright as well as a published journalist. Her ten-minute plays "Ruin" and "Higher Education" were produced in Laurel, Maryland in 2015.
JODY MCCOLMAN (Portland, ME) Jody McColman is a Portland, Maine based actor and playwright. Jody appears frequently on stage in southern Maine, and his short plays, including "The Interview," "Port City Blues," "A Long Time Coming," "Love Somebody," and now "Schrodinger's Roulette" have been produced all across the country. Love, as always, to Mary, my audience of one.
WESLEY TAYLOR (New York, NY) Wesley Taylor is an award-winning actor and writer who's worked on Broadway and Television. He is the co-creator/writer/star of the Hulu series, "It Could Be Worse." His one-acts have been produced at New World Stages and Manhattan Repertory Theatre, featuring the likes of Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, and Debra Messing. He's recently inked a writing deal with Anonymous Content in Los Angeles.
DWAYNE YANCEY (Fincastle, VA) Dwayne Yancey is a playwright in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He's had seven full-length scripts produced across the United States and scripts of shorter lengths produced all around the world. His work ranges from comedies about roadkill to serious pieces about Chernobyl. You can find more at www.dwayneyancey.com or @dwayneyancey.
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